Tuesday, November 13, 2012
SIXTH--AND FINAL--CHEMO SESSION
In the end the process will take nearly a year from discovery of a mass to the completion of medical procedures. Then of course we have to closely monitor the situation for the next five years.
The big news of the day is the doctor wants my radiation treatment to begin in two to three weeks, rather than two months. I suppose the radiation doctor has to sign off on that as well. We'll see. That will mean I will be out of town for most of December. That means I won't be much good for helping with Christmas decorations or shopping this year. The good news is I'll be finished before I expected to begin. I like that.
All that said and done, it has been an interesting run. Not quite up there with the polite curse: may God grant you live in interesting times, perhaps. But I am constantly blessed by people I meet because of this cancer. People from around the world have emailed and facebooked to say they are praying. The Desert Christian High School Football team did a cancer walk in my honor. Others sold cancer ribbons to make money for my radiation stay in LA.
Through it all I have known God's presence and peace in a powerful way. I am not an experiential touchy-feely kind of guy, but the touchy-feeliest person could not ask for more that I have received during this adventure. Normally I prefer action; I like to jump in and get my hands dirty. "Climb that mountain God, You bet!" But not this time. This has been a season of waiting on others; a skill I do not excel at. The whole thing has been a joyous, tedious, humbling, blessing.